Start 11am at Buckenham Station TG 351056 nearest post code NR13 4HN
Directions: Leave A47 at the left turn (from Yarmouth direction) to the B1140 to Cantley. Follow this road until you see the Cantley Cock pub. Turn right onto Cantley Road and continue along it as it becomes Wood Lane. Turn left when you reach School Road and follow until you reach a left turn into Station Road. Follow Station Road to its end and the car park is a right turn immediately before the station and a house. There are not any facilities at Buckenham. It may be muddy so boots are advisable. This area is very exposed and can be bitterly cold in winter, so warm clothing is a must. Bring a packed lunch and perhaps a thermos of hot drink to warm up after the rook roost.
The walk for wintering geese and ducks, with the option of staying until the end of the afternoon to watch the rooks gathering for the evening roost. This event is for both beginners and reasonably experienced birders. The target bird for this trip is the small wintering flock of Taiga Bean Geese, as the grazing marshes along the River Yare between Buckenham and Cantley is the only regular site in UK for this species. The flock can roam widely, so be prepared for a good walk (several miles) if the flock is feeding towards Cantley. If we are lucky to see the Taiga Bean Geese quickly we can go and explore the part of Strumpshaw Reserve that we did not go to in November. The marshes are, good for other geese and also ducks and raptors. The rook roost is famous, has featured on TV programmes and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. A telescope is useful if you have one. Children are welcome if accompanied by well-behaved adults, but we regret no dogs. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, and because the RSPB car park is small, please consider car sharing. Leaders Janice Darch, Trevor Williams and Andy Clarke.